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Montgomery Williams-Hawtry the 11th Earl of Pondshire

By AlexandraSD  
That is actually this frogs real name, i looked it up on facebook so its definitely correct...

The last time i photographed a frog, it was in my garden with a standard kit lens on the old canon 350d. Max aperture something like f/3.5, so very little in the way of bokeh, even with close up subjects.

This was taken on the Helios 44-2 58mm f/2 lens, wide open at f/2 obviously, with illumination provided by a speedlight. This is what bugs me slightly though, specially with this subject, because Monty is so slimy, sorry monty but you really are a slimy piece of work, blame god/allah/buddha/the creator/the source/Chi... tick applicable... because he is so slimy, the reflections were pretty bad but easily removed with careful speedlight placement, reflections from an artificial light source can ruin a good wildlife image, that doorouse among the holly image from the recent Countryfile calender being a prime example, a speedlight was obviously used, possibly even on camera by the looks of it, when the real trick is to make it look as natural as possible.

I have much to learn about strobisty things but i am catching on pretty fast, and really enjoying the results!

I call Monty a he, could very well be a she lol sorry monts!

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Chinga Plus
12 112 3 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2015 1:20PM
Lovely frog, lovely image! Grin
25 Sep 2015 1:22PM
Wonderful image
AlexandraSD 11 773 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2015 1:35PM
Oh my word, thank you for the UA Chinga Smile
PranavMishra 10 52 18 India
25 Sep 2015 1:51PM
very lovely capture, Alexandra..
TanyaH Plus
19 1.3k 411 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2015 2:03PM
I wouldn't worry ... apparently a lot of common frogs are able to change sex anyway (something to do with pesticides, I believe) and although classed technically as 'mutants', are definitely ahead in the male vs female name stakes Grin

Anyway, the lighting for this little one is spot on, as far as I can see - beautifully natural.
AlexandraSD 11 773 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2015 2:26PM
Thank you Pranav,

and Tanya... Transgender Frogs? Thats given me an idea for an awesome photoshoot... Wink
TanyaH Plus
19 1.3k 411 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2015 2:34PM
Grin Grin Grin

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